Imprint, a unit formed in late 2014 and led by publisher Erin Stein, is closing. Imprint was a part of The Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group focused on branded publishing, new content creation, and acquiring original commercial fiction and picture books.
Viz Media, North American manga publisher who distributes famous works such as My Hero Academia, Pokemon, Tokyo Ghoul, and Dragon Ball: Super has announced they will be creating Viz Originals! Viz Originals will be a new imprint that will publish original graphic novels by artists, with massive inspiration from manga and anime. The imprint will be doing a “soft launch” of the imprint by 2020, which artists already lined up to produce the imprint’s initial stories.
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The new imprint will offer multi-volume releases, as well as single volume releases. The imprint expects to feature young manga artists producing original content as their primary brand, as well as adaptations of video games and novels in manga format. Viz Originals will aim to create a work environment where creativity for its young artists are encouraged—allowing them to spread their creative wings and be given the support they otherwise wouldn’t have in the industry. The works will be creator-owned, first and foremost.
We look forward to seeing what original graphic novels Viz Originals produce! 2020 can’t come fast enough!